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People love sending text messages and they love receiving them, it has become one of the most common forms of communication. But with the advent of SMS a whole new language has emerged that we are all trying to get our heads around.

You see, sending an SMS has become quite an art form, where people try to communicate a complex message with as few keystrokes as possible. This is, of course, all part of the game. The Melbourne Age reported that eight out of 12 secondary schools said that students were increasingly using SMS-style English in their class assignments. For instance, some students now spell the word ‘before’ as ‘b4’, ‘night’ as ‘nite’, ‘great’ as ‘gr8’ and ‘with’ as ‘wif’.

We can complain as loudly and as long as we like about the change and degradation of our language but the fact is that in the future we will not know what people are writing about unless we seek to understand them. With a little effort we can keep in touch.

One of the major problems I observe is that people are out of touch, not just with each other, but with God. The way He speaks and expresses Himself has become foreign and His important messages seem like the most garbled SMS.

The Lord has a lot that He wants to say to you. RU redd?

“Give ear and hear my voice, Listen and hear my speech.”

Isaiah 28:23

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